Florida Bar Exam Date Changed to Avoid Primary Election Day

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners, with the approval of the Supreme Court of Florida, announces a change to the date of the August 2020 Bar Examination. To avoid a conflict with the August 18, 2020 primary election in Florida, the August 2020 Bar Examination will be administered on Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

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Florida Bar Exam Moves to Online Format in August

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners, with the approval of the Supreme Court of Florida, announces that the in-person administration of the General Bar Examination scheduled for July 28 and 29, 2020, in Tampa and Orlando, is canceled. In its place, the Board will administer an online bar examination on August 18, 2020 [date changed to August 19, 2020] . Please see the board's press release dated July 1, 2020 for specific information about the online examination.

Bar Admissions Presentations

An online version of the bar admissions information presented to beginning Florida law school students is now available. Also available is an online version of information provided for 3L students.

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It is anticipated that the updated software for use during the August 2020 examination will be available for download on Friday, August 7, 2020. The board encourages you to download and familiarize yourself with this version of the software as soon as possible as there have been improvements made to the interface.

One enhancement to the program is that the question and answer screen for the essay portion will now have a side-by-side orientation that will permit you to view the essay question on the left panel and the answer screen on the right panel of a split screen orientation. This will make it easier to see more of both the question content as well as your response during the examination. The features to show only the essay question or only the answer screen are still available in the software.

The second enhancement to the program is to add a virtual notepad to the program. For each essay question, you will have a notepad for any outlines or notes you wish to make in the notepad for that question. The program will allow you to copy and paste from the essay question to the notepad and from the notepad to the essay answer screen. For the multiple choice portion, you will have a single notepad for the entire session to work on multiple choice questions. Each notepad has a character limit of 20,000 characters, including spaces. You are cautioned to make sure that your answer, however, is provided in the answer screen. No credit will be provided for anything typed in any of the available notepads.

The deadline to register your computer, download the updated software, and upload the trial examination for use on the August 2020 examination is Friday, August 14, 2020.

If you wish to participate in the live trial examination on Monday afternoon, August 10, 2020, all steps must be completed before the live trial examination begins. All applicants are strongly encouraged to participate. You will be able to go through the check-in process and to utilize the software as it relates to the essay portion of the examination; no multiple-choice questions will be available during the live trial examination. The specific time for the trial/practice examination will be announced on the board’s website on Monday morning and you will also receive an email from the board and from ILG regarding the live trial examination.

Based on the latest COVID-19 status, the board’s office, but not the lobby of the board's office, is open on a limited basis. This information will be updated as necessary. Please see the board's FAQs regarding the August 2020 General Bar Examination as well as how COVID-19 is affecting bar admissions for additional information. Applicants with portal accounts who have questions that are not answered by the FAQs should send their questions to the board via the Correspondence page of the Applicant Portal. This will result in a more speedy response than sending questions through the Board's support email address.
The Florida Board of Bar Examiners now communicates electronically with applicants who have portal accounts (those who created their account after June 26, 2017), by posting correspondence on the applicant portal, and sending an email notification when new information has been posted. Login and visit your applicant portal for additional details.

In Florida, the admission of attorneys to the practice of law is a judicial function. This board is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Florida created by the Court to handle matters of bar admission. The primary purpose of the character and fitness screening before admission to The Florida Bar is to protect the public and safeguard the judicial system. The primary purpose of the bar examination is to ensure that all who are ultimately admitted have demonstrated minimum technical competence. In order to be admitted in Florida, an applicant must have proof of good moral character and must successfully complete the Florida Bar Examination.



This site offers answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the admissions process, provides access to the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to The Bar and links to other agencies with useful information. Additionally, the site provides access to a program for completing the Bar Application online and for printing Bar Application supporting forms.

You are encouraged to read and review the Admission Requirements prior to proceeding to the checklists. Be aware of the filing deadlines for the bar examination as specified in rule 4-43.

SCHEDULE OF FILING DEADLINES & LATE FEES
Late Fee
Determined by
February Exam
July Exam
Timely
Postmarked on or before
November 15
May 1
$325
Postmarked on or before
December 15
June 1
$625
Received by
January 15
June 15


Initial applications received after January 15 for the February examination or after June 15 for the July examination will not be accepted. Any application filing requirements completed subsequent to those dates, regardless of the date the initial application was filed, will not be considered to have met the late filing deadline and will not be accepted. If the examination filing deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, then the deadline will be extended until the end of the next business day.
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